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It was for best urban album, the first-ever in a country whose charts were dominated by pub-rock anthems and soap-opera starlets with nice teeth. These guys are all good. Australians rapping in American accents was a contentious topic long before Australian rapper Iggy Azalea stole the No 1 and No 2 spots on the US Billboard charts with her adjusted accent.
For the uninitiated, Azalea's speaking voice presents a girl from the Australian bush, while her rap delivery is more gangsta Nanny Fine.
She has always said this nuance comes from learning to rap as a teenage runaway in the US, which she did, but it's worth considering that her native Australian accent could have ended her career way before it even began. When hip-hop arrived in Australia in the early 80s, locals picked up the graffiti, breakdancing and DJ styles coming out of New York with ease.
They circulated grainy re-re-recordings of Beat Street and Wild Style , and libraries found Subway Art impossible to keep in the stacks. The local version of rap, however, quickly hit a painful stumbling block. Compared to the rapid urban patter coming from the South Bronx or Queens, the Australian rap accent sounded, well, kind of bizarre. There's a certain laxness to it, which reflects the Aussie lifestyle, but it's not very slick. The rise of a strain of fiercely local " barbecue rap " didn't help, and right up until the mids Australian rap was not a critically lauded pastime.
Eventually it was decided you should keep it real and rap in an Australian accent. The Australian accent evolved among the children of convicts: a tough, resilient underclass which is still reflected in the predominantly white, male Australian hip-hop scene today. This is a culture dedicated to its own vernacular. It manifests through a preference for grimy underground and 90s-era hip hop, and a distrust of anything that aspires to popular appeal. Pop-culture website The Vine once called it "the holier-than-thou, underdog mentality that continues to plague the Australian hip-hop industry," and among this crusty-backpacker set Iggy Azalea counts very few fans.
In the early 90s, Martinez formed a hip-hop group with his sister and a couple of friends called the Sound Unlimited Posse. It was all rapped in American accents, but not, Martinez says, because they wanted to be American.
In my home, I spoke English, but it was in an American-accent English. But [rapping with an accent] was also a badge of honour. It was us saying, 'Well, we don't want to be part of your society because you already treat us as second-class citizens anyway. Fucking classic. What this suggests is a local scene that prides itself on its uniqueness but which actually prizes conformity above all. It's still possible that one day Australian rappers will find international success on their own terms.
In the 10 years since that cheeky awards-show speech, Australian hip-hop has improved remarkably, found rotation on local radio, and Adelaide group the Hilltop Hoods are arguably as big as some of the pub-rock legends who ruled throughout the 80s and 90s. But it's the country girl with the pop-star stylings and a bootleg accent who just went big-time in the home of hip-hop. This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase.
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Iggy Azalea's American accent: identity smoke-screen or hip-hop survival?
It was for best urban album, the first-ever in a country whose charts were dominated by pub-rock anthems and soap-opera starlets with nice teeth. These guys are all good. Australians rapping in American accents was a contentious topic long before Australian rapper Iggy Azalea stole the No 1 and No 2 spots on the US Billboard charts with her adjusted accent. For the uninitiated, Azalea's speaking voice presents a girl from the Australian bush, while her rap delivery is more gangsta Nanny Fine.
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